VIP at Home @ Oakleigh with the Youngs

By Sadie Fowler/Photos by Erin Kosko

Lissa and Davis Young, hosts of April’s Charity Circle Duck Ball, have a knack for giving, and hosting. Though a task such as hosting such a grand event might overwhelm some, both look at the evening that awaits them as an exciting and fun night of gathering.

 “As a member of Charity Circle, I have had the privilege of chairing and working on the Patrons Party several times,” Lissa said. “So, I know what I’m in for … There are several reasons Davis and I decided to host the Patrons Party. We have both sort of ‘grown up’ in Charity Circle and want to support it to the best of our abilities.”

Both have also seen their mothers work tirelessly for the organizations for many years, and hosting this party is a way to honor their service as well.

Lissa knows she’s in good hands with a fabulous committee organizing the party, which is set to take place April 14.

“My friends Rachel Haynes and Lucie Burchfield are chairing the party this year,” she said.

“They, along with their committee members, handle all the details to provide a wonderful evening, in a beautiful setting, with delicious food. I have always loved this party because it is where the talents of our members shine. Every year it’s different, and every year it’s a wow! I actually have the easy part this year. I just have my house ready and then step back and watch the magic happen.”

The Youngs love their home. It was built in 2000 and is traditional in style. The home was previously owned by a family friend that they found out wanted to downsize. Initially, they knew they loved the property and wanted to stay in the neighborhood — in particular the large, wooded and private backyard.

“When the house became available, we decided to go for it,” Lissa said. “We’ve made lots of changes to update things and make the home ours, like painting, refinishing floors, changing light fixtures and things like that. Every year, the house gets better and better.”

Lissa’s favorite part of the house is the location. It’s quiet, but also close to town. The neighborhood and the family’s friends within it are the icing on the cake.

“This house has great indoor and outdoor dining and gathering spaces; everyone loves the pool, the yard, and it has great storage space.”

Lissa, a kind and fun-loving woman, is quick to credit others for helping make their house a home. In addition to her sister, who is an interior designer in Nashville, her mom who has a naturally tendency for décor and organization, have aided in the completion of their home, along with others.

“Miller Caudle helped me develop a color palette for the home,” she said. “Jerome Ferris and Peddler Interiors have been wonderful helping with design choices, and Quality Furniture has also been a great resource for furniture for our new home.”

Lissa has lived in Murfreesboro nearly her entire life, having graduated from The Webb School in Bell Buckle and from MTSU with a B.S. in Marketing and Consumer Services. She previously worked for Rebecca Climer at Middle Tennessee Medical Center and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce under the direction of Steve Benefield and Stephanie Brackman.

She currently stays at home and serves as a community volunteer and mom to she and Davis’ two children; Ellis, 13, and Ben, 10.  

They are members of First United Methodist Church and live in the Oakleigh subdivision.

“We absolutely love our neighborhood,” she said. “We literally moved to this house from a house two streets up. We are surrounded by great friends, and our kids love playing outside with their friends. Davis and I enjoy traveling with family and friends when we can, but in the summer, we love to be outside by the pool with friends and family.”

Davis owns and operates his family’s business, Murfreesboro Pure Milk. Both are deeply involved and consider it an honor to give back to their home town, especially Charity Circle.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to work with such a motivated group of women,” she said. “Davis and I both believe strongly in giving back to the place that has given us so much. Murfreesboro is such a wonderful place to live. We want to see it become even better for generations to come.”